Laura Evans

Lecturer in History

Sheffield Hallam University

Laura Evans completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2010. She worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Poverty Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS, University of the Western Cape) before joining the Department of Historical Studies as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in mid-2012. She is currently revising and publishing her doctoral research, which examined the social history of resettlement in the former Ciskei homeland and the variety of experiences that this process produced, while pursuing other new avenues of research that stem from the thesis. Laura is engaged in teaching and debates in African social history; gender; agrarian change in Africa; land and agrarian reform; memory and oral history, and South African history. Her historical research is closely engaged with contemporary issues: Laura is concerned with exploring the histories of South Africa’s homelands and the legacies of colonial governance and ‘indirect rule’ in these areas, as well as the history of agrarian capitalism, farm labour, farm evictions and rural poverty in South Africa.